Running clothes

As my running has evolved I have found what I wear and want to wear has also changed.

When I first started learn to run, a big baggy tracksuit was the go to, it covered me up kept me warm (as it was January) and it allowed me to blend into the background (something I still need to do).

I am very picky when it comes to what to wear when exercising, this will never change.  If I don’t like a brand, if it does not make me feel good I will not wear it.  If I don’t like the ethos of the brand I will not wear it.  If it rubs and chafes I will not wear it.  My charity shop drop offs are littered with failed exercise clothes purchases.  For running clothes need to move but support, look nice keep me cool and not clash with other clothing.  For weight training clothes need to be light more fitted but also keep me cool.

When I realised that tracksuits were heavy and cumbersome to run in I moved onto leggings.  Fabletics was then my go to, cheap and functional but you had to be careful not to get stung with their direct debits.

Brands like ADIDAS and Nike are great but also expensive and a recent TV programme showed that the cheaper brand such as decathlon were just as good if not better, if you want to know more about that check it out here.

Decathlon is currently my go to for tops and trail skirts and 2XU for my leggings and shorts (great compression) with CEP or 2XU for compression socks or calf sleeves.

Having tried this combination several times I find this works very well for me when completing harder events like at Ranscombe.

Running clothes are not always feminine though so I like to add something every now and again, tikiboo have some really funky feminine leggings that are also seasonable linked here. If trail skirts are your thing then I would recommend Running Afrock linked here.  I had Liz who owns Running Arock make me up a daisy skirt for Ranscombe, Daisy being my nickname but also as Ranscombe was a nature reserve I thought it apt.  I was pleased to meet with Liz at the even and many other ladies who had also had the same idea.

For the summer challenge I had a sweaty betty vest top on with 2XU shorts under my daisy skirt.  The skirt kept me fairly cool, was very floaty and flattering.  With my number pinned to it, it stayed in place.

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Myself and the fabulous Helen Cleary (the daisy gang) sporting our daisy outfits.

It was so lovely meeting Liz and others from the Daisy gang. Since Ranscombe I have ordered another outfit to break out at my next event.  If you fancy something different and made to order with colours at your request plus made in Britain please check Running Afrock out.

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Lush massage bars

I have a fondness for Lush massage bars, easy to use, great to use after a shower, softening and moisturising.  If you buy a tin they are very portable  too.  These bars melt on body temperature, can be thick and nourishing.  Storage is normally very easy but I did make the mistake of leaving one near a radiator, my dressing table smelt so great, the mess not so great!

I own few massage bars, all have their different uses and smells and I tend to use them on a rotation depending on need, mood and the scent I like that day.

I popped into Lush to have a look about, hopefully you would have seen my review on the Lemony Flutter and Ultrabalm.  For a recap please click here.  During that visit I looked at the massage bars, I went away and shortly after went back to purchase two new (new to me) bars.

The first bar purchased was Hottie.  I kept looking at this on previous visits but never purchased.  I changed my mind on this visit as I liked the ingredients and thought they would help after a gym session to sooth sore muscles. I like the knobbly top and this can be worked into the backs of my legs after a run.  Lots of oils in this bar means it glides on smooth and warms up well.  It contains ginger and black pepper oils to stimulate the circulation and warm any tense, knotted areas perfect when feeling like you have run a marathon (I should be so lucky).

The next bar purchased again has been around for a while and again I have picked it up sniffed it, liked it but never purchased it. From Dusk Til Dawn is an odd shaped bar, I was told in the store it was inspired by Madonna and I can well believe it.  This bar smells so summery, citrus and zingy.  The sun was out and as I sniffed it I thought that it was the right time to buy, it reminded me of holidays by the Mediterranean.  The strange shape aside it is really easy to use, melts nicely with body heat and the scent lasts for ages.  It is just a shame it does not fit into a tin for transporting

Vintage bus ride

A little know fact about me, I love vintage buses.  I think it stems from my Grandfather, his dad and his dad before him driving buses and trolley buses.  I have a cherished picture of my great-grandfather taken in the early 1900’s driving a trolley bus and another with a horse drawn bus.

I jumped at an invite to go to Bluewater on a vintage bus with Mum, Dad and Mr JAEG.  Organised by Ensign bus there would be a range of routes and buses dating between the 1930’s to 1970’s..

The morning was crisp and frosty but sunny, the sort of winter weather I really enjoy.

We had to get up early to catch the first bus of the day, I felt full of cold but excited.  I packed up a flask of tea and my talking book ready for the trip.

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The first bus we jumped on was an RT3232, a beautiful green double decker.  This bus served London during the second world war.  The conductor welcomed us on and se set off through the country lanes stopping occasionally to collect passengers.  This bus coped with the modern road network including the Dartford Bridge really well and kept to time, if only I could say that about modern buses.  There were many bus spotters on the bus and along the route, I never realised there were so many fans.

After a pit stop for lunch in Bluewater and a final Christmas gift purchase we jumped on the next bus to Gravesend.

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This was a beautiful red RTW335 built in the 1950’s and was the first wider bus at 8 foot.  This style bus felt more familiar to my childhood and the rout masters we know of old.  Again this coped with the Saturday traffic with no issues and like with the first bus lots of people just stopped and stared, taking pictures or pointing the bus out to their children.  This was certainly an age gone by that children would have only seen in films or TV.

We alighted at Gravesend and we visited Pocahontas’s grave, by this time it was very cold.

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After a brisk walk it was time to catch the RTW335 back home.

I am not a total bus geek but I do enjoy looking at vintage transport, it serves as a reminder of times go by and a very small connection with my family.